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A Bear Market Doesn’t Have to Throw You Off Course

When the market dips your first reaction may be to change strategies, but doing so may not be in your best interest as an investor.

A bear market takes place when the stock market drops 20% or more from its peak. When a bear market happens, it can be tempting to change your investment strategy to avoid losing money. But when it comes to investing, being consistent and tolerating some short-term losses has historically led to significant long-term gains. In the last 40 years we’ve had 12 bear, or near bear, markets. As the chart below shows, there’s a big difference in outcomes for a consistent contributor versus an apprehensive investor. 


Three Possible Paths Through 12 Bear Markets (or Near Bears)1



Past performance does not guarantee future results. For illustrative purposes only. The performance shown is index performance and is not indicative of any Hartford mutual fund. Indices are unmanaged and not available for direct investment. 1 Data Source: Morningstar, 06/20. 2 No further investments were made. 3 Data Source: Ned Davis Research, 2020.


Talk to your financial professional so you can feel confident investing in bull and bear markets alike.

S&P 500 Index is a market capitalization-weighted price index composed of 500 widely held common stocks. 

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